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Hair Loss Drugs Share your opinions and experiences regarding drugs like Propecia (finasteride), Minoxidil and others.

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Old 05-30-2012, 12:08 AM
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Default Stopping Propecia?

I've been using Propecia since 1999, and with great results, I would say my hair looks almost exactly as it did when I started. Now I did start early, after I first detected the hair loss in the shower at age 22.

I've started to get increasingly paranoid about all of the side effects being reported, and I would like to stop using Propecia. I'm not sure if I've had any side effects, but there have definitely been a few things that may have been related.

Since I started so early, I wonder how much hair I really would have lost, I'm definitely afraid to find out. I feel lucky to have had my hair this long, and I would like to preserve it as long as possible. Given that I'm now 34, with basically a full head of hair, what would everyone recommend I do to maintain it?

Do the genetic tests do anything?

Yesterday was the first day I stopped Propecia. Today I bought 5% Rogaine, and now I'm looking at the laser comb and various shampoos. Should I use the Rogaine? I'm not really sure what to do first. I'm in Los Angeles, is there someone I should see. Since I get to start with a lot of hair, I want to be proactive about taking care of it.
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Old 05-30-2012, 01:30 AM
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Unfortunately, there is no easy answer. To some degree you may be able to predict how much hair loss you are in store for by looking at your family history. But, hair loss is a wild card and anything is possible.

One thing we do know is that Propecia is a DHT inhibitor and works very differently than does Rogaine. Thus, they do not typically act upon the same hairs. Rogaine will not maintain hair growth from Propecia and vice versa.

Only time will tell how your hair will react to stopping finasteride but it is common to experience catch up hair loss within the first two months of discontinuation. Your hair may rapidly take on the balding pattern it would have had if you had never started the drug in the first place. Of course, you may be lucky and for you that may not be much. In fact, I stopped taking finasteride around 5 months ago or so and have not yet seen increased shedding.

Here is a list of the hair restoration physicians we recommend in California. I know that Dr. Rassman performs miniaturization examinations and you may find that informative.

Personally, I do recommend starting minoxidil as a precaution.

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Old 05-30-2012, 10:03 AM
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Congratulation...Stay away from this poison... Stick to anything that can help your hair loss defence.. Minoxidil, Azelaic acid, saw palmetto..etc. In the internet forums and medical ask help websites, there are loads of complaints about this irritating drug that turns you for a real man to a p**** (you know what I mean). A libido killer in short words, maybe most of the users of the drug started using some viagra or cialis for covering its sides. There are many cases against Propecia and Merck recently from different countries if you browse the net well. They are just like Marlboro, smoking kills but people love it.
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:28 PM
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There have been many reported suicides from the depression that the prolonged usage of Finasteride may induce. In fact, I had suicidal thoughts when in treatment with Propecia.

I take a lot of natural suplements, they seem to help at maintaining the hairs that are not sensible to DHT, which is great if you want a hair transplant in the future.

Angelica(Dong Quai) and Biotion, to mention a few, are very helpful at healthy hair growth.
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Old 05-31-2012, 02:18 AM
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Why so negativity about Finasteride all of a sudden?
Started using it 20days back.
Should i stop using it now??
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Old 05-31-2012, 04:12 AM
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As you've seen, continual Propecia (finasteride) usage truly helps patients maintain hair and halt progressive hair loss. However, the "downside" of the treatment is that if you stop the medication, you'll lose any stabilized and new growth, and the hair loss process will resume.

Altogether, the sexual side effects are (officially) reported in 0.2 to 3% of individuals, and allegedly reverse after stopping the medication. However, as I'm sure you're aware, several organizations are starting to reevaluate Propecia and careful examine the potential for sexual dysfunction.

If you've been on the drug without noticeable side effects for over a decade, it's difficult to recommend quitting, but as long as you're aware that the hair thinning process will resume, the decision is ultimately up to you.

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Old 06-02-2012, 02:30 PM
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I, too, am a long-term finasteride user (started a year before you). If you do indeed stay off of propecia, I'd really appreciate periodic updates regarding:

1) your physical and psycho-emotional states - Any side-effects after stopping? If so, how long before they went away? - questions like that.

2) how much hair loss you experience (if any), and when?

I've also become somewhat paranoid about continuing finasteride use despite having a battery of tests done to determine if I'm OK. So far, so good (I guess ), but who really knows for sure? I sometimes wonder how stopping the meds would affect my overall sense of well-being (maybe improve it?). I've been on it for so long I can't remember how I felt before starting. I also wonder if I'd experience side effects after stopping, because my body has become dependent on the meds to whatever degree.

Anyway, I hope to hear how you're feeling post-finasteride in the months ahead. Thanks a lot, and good luck.

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Old 06-03-2012, 09:26 PM
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I felt very sensible to any emotional situation, seldom very simple problems would make me want to cry, I'd take everything in the negative meaning, I'd exert a huge effort to stay neutral(not even mildly delighted), and as I wrote before, I had suicidal thoughts. I had no idea it had such huge impact until I read it and quit the medication.

After stopping the medication of finasteride, the depression receded.
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Old 06-05-2012, 04:36 PM
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have been off propecia for about a year now......and would never go back for the sake of some hairs...I have been through 4 p[rocedures so if happens to thin a little in the back i would rather wear a small piece......My sexual drive has finally gotten back to normal after all those years and personally i dont thi its worth taking for a bit of hair.....( uinless you have no side effects then thats a bonus )
Just my two cents...the stuff has some nasty sides and youll see for yourself once your off.......too bad it didnt INCREASE your libido.....
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Old 06-05-2012, 05:28 PM
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what are your thoughts on Propecia vs Avodart?
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